On a beautiful autumn day, seven members of the Bindii Japanese Genre Poetry Group met for a ginko in the Adelaide Botanic Gardens. Adelaide Botanic Gardens
We gathered at the Simpson Kiosk near the Main Lake at 11 am. The morning had a real taste of the coolness of autumn, and members remarked on the number of magpies they had seen while getting to the meeting place.
Our ginko leader for the day was Lee Bentley and other members present were: Lynette Arden, Margaret Fensom, Belinda Broughton, Ervin Janek, Dawn Colsey and Maeve Archibald.
After a brief orientation by Lee, we spent the next hour wandering individually to different spots in these magnificent gardens, taking notes, jotting down haiku and tanka and taking photos of any features that seemed of significance.
At noon, we gathered for lunch at the Simpson Kiosk, sitting out on the paved area under the shade of spreading trees with ducks and waterhens wandering by our feet and magpies perching in nearby trees.
After lunch, we shared the haiku and tanka we had started, along with observations and photos.
Members who attended the ginko will take part in an email workshop organized by Lynette Arden. An email to start the workshop will be sent to members on 8 April.
Our next meeting will be at our usual venue of the Box Factory, from 12.30 to 2.30 on Saturday 3 June. Dawn Colsey and Lynette Arden will lead a workshop on ‘What Makes a Tanka Work’.
Co-Convener Bindii Japanese Genre Poetry Group